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Montenegrin PM resigns over health reasons
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07:50, February 01, 2008

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Montenegrin Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic on Thursday tendered his resignation for health reasons, said reports reaching here from the Montenegrin capital Podgorica.

Sturanovic, who resigned on his 48th birthday, is suffering from a neuroendocrine lung tumor, a rare type of tumor which was diagnosed in January 2007.

In a letter to the speaker of parliament, Ranko Krivokapic, Sturanovic said that the medical treatment that he needed to undergo over the next few months will significantly diminish his ability to work.

"The development of Montenegro ... objectively requires the full devotion of all, especially those in the most responsible offices, so that our country can continue on its way to Europe," Sturanovic wrote in his letter.

"My wish is to create the best conditions for the government to work at its full capacity and fulfill its demanding agenda, while I dedicate myself to my health," said Sturanovic, who became Montenegro's prime minister in November 2006.

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic is expected to name a new prime minister next week.

According to the Montenegrin media, Sturanovic's resignation may signal the return of Milo Djukanovic, who was president or prime minister of the coastal republic from 1991 to 2006 and the main driver behind its vote for independence two years ago. He quit from active politics in late 2006 but remained leader of the main governing party, the Democratic Party of Socialists.

Source: Xinhua

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